Pokemon Go Rockruff evolutions: How to get Lycanroc Midday & Midnight forms

Rockruff evolving into Midday Lycanroc and Midnight Lycanroc in Pokemon GoNiantic

Rockruff has two evolutions in Pokemon Go, with the option to become Midday Lycanroc or Midnight Lycanroc, but how do you choose between the two? Let’s find out.

The Rock-type Pokemon Rockruff and its evolutions made their Pokemon Go debut in March 2022 in the Season of Alola. A number of Alola region species were introduced to Pokemon Go during this season, including Sun & Moon’s Legendaries Tapu Koko and Tapu Fini.

The loveable Puppy Pokemon is quite difficult to catch by itself as it doesn’t spawn in the wild, but adding both of its evolution forms, Midday Lycanroc and Midnight Lycanroc, to your Pokedex in the game will be even harder.

Below, you’ll find all the information you need to catch the Pokemon, how to evolve it into both Lycanroc forms, and whether there are any differences between the two Rockruff evolutions.


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Rockruff in Pokemon Go

How to get Rockruff in Pokemon Go

Rockruff made its debut in Pokemon Go on March 1, 2022, as part of the Season of Alola. The only way to get Rockruff in Pokemon Go is to defeat it in a 1-Star Raid or hatch it from a 10km Egg.

Unlike most of the other Alola region Pokemon that debuted during the Welcome to Alola event, Rockruff won’t spawn in the wild, making it quite rare for a non-Legendary.

How to evolve Rockruff into Midday Lycanroc in Pokemon Go

Rockruff evolving into Midday Lycanroc - one of its two evolutions - in Pokemon Go.Niantic
Midday Lycanroc is one of Rockruff’s evolutions available in Pokemon Go.

In order to evolve Rockruff into Midday Lycanroc, you’ll need to save up 50 Candy and evolve it during the day.

You can tell if it’s considered daytime because the sky on the in-game map will be light.

How to evolve Rockruff into Midnight Lycanroc in Pokemon Go

Rockruff evolving into Midnight Lycanroc - one of its two evolutions - in Pokemon GoNiantic
Midnight Lycanroc is one of Rockruff’s evolutions available in Pokemon Go.

In order to evolve Rockruff into Midnight Lycanroc, you’ll need to save up 50 Candy and evolve it during the night.

You can tell if it’s considered nighttime because the sky on the in-game map will be dark.

Which Rockruff evolution is better?

Both forms of Lycanroc have similar stats, and they’re both pure Rock-types, but Midnight Lycanroc is the better option if you only have enough Candy to evolve one Rockruff right now.

While it has a lower Attack stat, it makes up for this with higher Defense and Stamina stats, and a better moveset that includes the brilliant Fast Move Counter and the low-cost Charged Move Psychic Fangs.

Neither form has much use in the Go Battle League, but Midnight Lycanroc could theoretically perform better. According to PvPoke, it ranks 204th in the Great League, while Midday Lycanroc ranks 663rd.

Is the Rockruff evolution Dusk Lycanroc in Pokemon Go?

Dusk Lycanroc in Pokemon Go.Niantic
Unlike Rockruff’s other evolutions, the Dusk form of Lycanroc isn’t currently available in Pokemon Go.

The Dusk Form of Rockruff evolution Lycanroc is not available in Pokemon Go right now, although the Dusk Lycanroc is already in the game’s files, so we’d expect it to be released at some point in the future.

It could be the case that ‘dusk’ evolutions aren’t possible in the game, with another evolution method in the works, or Niantic may just want to save its debut for an upcoming event.


That’s everything you need to know about Rockruff and its evolutions in Pokemon Go.

We’ll keep this page updated when Dusk Lycanroc is released, but for now, check out some of our other Pokemon Go guides below:

How to catch Ditto | Best Eeveelutions | Field research tasks | Promo Codes for free items | How to get Pinap Berries | Spotlight Hour schedule | How to defeat Giovanni | Rarest Pokemon | Best Mega Evolutions | Community Day schedule | How to get Raid Passes | Team Go Rocket Grunt guide

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